GuitarFest

by Ironwood @, Monday, March 09, 2020, 15:43 (88 days ago)

We, along with hundreds of others, enjoyed last evening's beach concert at GuitarFest.
Given the location, and the fact that attending many of the shows is likely beyond the means of most of the local inhabitants, we can only guess at some of the political issues associated with putting on an event of this scope. That said, a couple of observations:
--Locating the stage at the other end of the beach, from where it was last year, perhaps wasn't the best idea. The GuitarFest audience sat facing La Cancha, with its usual Sunday evening ultraloud music, rather than having it at their backs. The musicians were closer to the La Cancha hubbub than last year. This was a disadvantage for the first guitarist, Marina Tomei, with her quiet, classical style. Fortunately, Eric McFadden, the breath-taking closing act, could play and be heard if there was a freight train crossing the stage.
--those high-powered floodlights shining down on the audience were irritating. It would have felt more intimate if the audience lights were turned 'way down, leaving the musicians in the spotlight.

We hope to attend more beach concerts, and appreciate the organizers holding the ticket price to a reasonable 100 pesos.

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Monday, March 09, 2020, 16:25 (88 days ago) @ Ironwood

We, along with hundreds of others, enjoyed last evening's beach concert at GuitarFest.
Given the location, and the fact that attending many of the shows is likely beyond the means of most of the local inhabitants, we can only guess at some of the political issues associated with putting on an event of this scope. That said, a couple of observations:
--Locating the stage at the other end of the beach, from where it was last year, perhaps wasn't the best idea. The GuitarFest audience sat facing La Cancha, with its usual Sunday evening ultraloud music, rather than having it at their backs. The musicians were closer to the La Cancha hubbub than last year. This was a disadvantage for the first guitarist, Marina Tomei, with her quiet, classical style. Fortunately, Eric McFadden, the breath-taking closing act, could play and be heard if there was a freight train crossing the stage.
--those high-powered floodlights shining down on the audience were irritating. It would have felt more intimate if the audience lights were turned 'way down, leaving the musicians in the spotlight.

We hope to attend more beach concerts, and appreciate the organizers holding the ticket price to a reasonable 100 pesos.

Agree with you.
Last year the "light show" was particularly irritating.
It seemed that every beat of music was an invitation to turn on and off another light.

In spite of all the minor (and occasionally major) irritations, the GuitarFest is a fantastic event with some incredible music.
I've told myself that I'm going to practice real hard every day this year and submit an application to hopefully hit the stage next year...

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hubbub

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, March 09, 2020, 19:19 (88 days ago) @ Ironwood

We, along with hundreds of others, enjoyed last evening's beach concert at GuitarFest.
Given the location, and the fact that attending many of the shows is likely beyond the means of most of the local inhabitants, we can only guess at some of the political issues associated with putting on an event of this scope. That said, a couple of observations:
--Locating the stage at the other end of the beach, from where it was last year, perhaps wasn't the best idea. The GuitarFest audience sat facing La Cancha, with its usual Sunday evening ultraloud music, rather than having it at their backs. The musicians were closer to the La Cancha hubbub than last year. This was a disadvantage for the first guitarist, Marina Tomei, with her quiet, classical style. Fortunately, Eric McFadden, the breath-taking closing act, could play and be heard if there was a freight train crossing the stage.
--those high-powered floodlights shining down on the audience were irritating. It would have felt more intimate if the audience lights were turned 'way down, leaving the musicians in the spotlight.

We hope to attend more beach concerts, and appreciate the organizers holding the ticket price to a reasonable 100 pesos.

That "hubbub" at La Cancha was the competition for the Reina del Carnaval, a rather significant event steeped in tradition. I don't know how the dates are chosen for the Guitarfest, but it behooves the organizers to select dates that don't overlap with Carnaval as has happened on more than one occasion so that visitors can enjoy both events instead of having one interfere with the other.

I've noticed that our newer crop of visitors in the past 10 to 15 years seem to prefer non-local music and events over local music and events. I fully expect Mickey Mouse to start popping up soon as Zihuatanejo slowly converts into Disneyland south. ;-)
:devil: :stirpot:
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by Rogerthat, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 03:24 (88 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

HURRUMFF! White folks from the far north should get their un interrupted pleasure 'cause they own $300,000 condos and drink expensive wine at fancy Guitar Fest gatherings so don't tell me about Mexican traditions Senior.

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hubbub

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 08:39 (87 days ago) @ Rogerthat

HURRUMFF! White folks from the far north should get their un interrupted pleasure 'cause they own $300,000 condos and drink expensive wine at fancy Guitar Fest gatherings so don't tell me about Mexican traditions Senior.

Ha! That's the spirit! :megusta:


https://youtu.be/MZH-QtdQ71k

Hollywood comes to Mexico....

by SeaTraveler, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 10:49 (87 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Desafortunadamente, that is exactly what happened in Puerto Vallarta, a northern town from which I fled years ago. It only got worse as more & more flights were added from Canada and the U.S. Maybe the airlines can delay it happening in Zihuat, by continuing to make their schedules and services even less convenient....

Hollywood comes to Mexico....

by midalake @, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 11:02 (87 days ago) @ SeaTraveler
edited by midalake, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 11:09

Desafortunadamente, that is exactly what happened in Puerto Vallarta, a northern town from which I fled years ago. It only got worse as more & more flights were added from Canada and the U.S. Maybe the airlines can delay it happening in Zihuat, by continuing to make their schedules and services even less convenient....

So you want a really nice place that only caters to you? :-o

Don't worry you won't need the airlines. The dysfunctional US government has done this all by themselves with the level 4 travel warning.

D

Hollywood comes to Mexico....

by SeaTraveler, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:41 (87 days ago) @ midalake

Can't even guess your point, amigo, but seem to have touched a nerve? It's the gringos who come here with expectations and wishes that are not the local culture who want Mexico to cater to them.....

"Live and let live!" Experience, explore, enjoy!

Request Rob ...

by Zihuateco, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 13:55 (87 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Rob, maybe it is a good time for you to post some memorable and remarkable videos from Los Romanceros del Balsas!!!

Great musicians and outstanding humans. These Brothers loved their hot green tea and loved to share the stories of old Zihuatanejo - QEP!

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Los Romanceros del Balsas.

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 19:22 (87 days ago) @ Zihuateco

Aquí están nuestros músicos favoritos Los Romanceros del Balsas (qepd)


https://youtu.be/xqWlgrOgop4

Los Romanceros del Balsas.

by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 09:02 (86 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Yes, Rob. This is why we moved to Mexico - the romance. Oh, how I love listening to boleros here.

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by Ironwood @, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 16:10 (86 days ago) @ Ironwood

Last night we enjoyed another evening of great music on the beach at GuitarFest, where the featured artists were Zihua's Jose Luis Cobo, and Canada's Brandon Isaak. This split between local and foreign artists mirrors the GuitarFest roster, with half of the 16 artists coming from Mexico, the other half from Canada, USA, Cuba, Italy, Japan and Hungary. To further emphasize a local flavour, four of the eight Mexican artists come from the Zihua-Petatlan area.

Those too-bright floodlights are still blasting the audience, but that's our only minor complaint.The beer was cold, the chicken empañadas delicious.
I searched for signs of the Disneyvirus, but could find no trace. I was tempted to ask Jose Luis Cobo how he felt being described as an agent for Mickey Mouse, but didn't have the heart.

In my initial post, above, my use of the word "hubbub" to describe a usual Sunday evening at La Cancha was not meant to be disrespectful:

"hubbub, noun: 1. a chaotic din caused by a crowd of people.
2. noise, a busy, noisy situation."

That's a fairly accurate description of a typical Sunday evening at La Cancha, no?

As for the crowning of the Carnival Queen that evening, visitors could perhaps be forgiven for not realizing it was going on: Carnaval posters plastered all over town show the dates as "13 - 15 March/2020".

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 17:33 (86 days ago) @ Ironwood

Ha! I know you meant no disrespect. Thus all the smiley face emojis.

The first entry on the Carnaval posters is the Reina del Carnaval event. I posted one below a day or two ago.

To be fair to the organizers, I don't believe the municipal authorities had made the Carnaval dates known before the Guitarfest dates were set. And more than once the Carnaval dates have been quite arbitrary.

Slingshots are available at the Mercado Municipal, and Plaza del Artista is now full of gravel, perfect for putting out annoying lights. :devil:

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by Sunset Monger @, Where my feet are, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 20:36 (86 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I to tried to enjoy the talent of an Italian Classical Guitarist but the Sub WOFFING boom from down the beach made my filling hurt. Had to get up an leave the poor lady on stage to see what why so much noise was filling the air. I have to admit I was surprise to see such a large gathering not only at the court, but all of the town. I was good with the noise (less the sub-woffers) when the local enjoyment out number the festival goers 20-1. Act #2 cranked up the amps, and had some talent that would get Jimmy H. attention. It was a very fun evening, even though I still felt bad for the pretty girl from Rome.